NMAT 2018 analysis

NMAT 2018 (Day 1, Slot 1), was similar to NMAT 2017 in terms of its structure and difficulty and did not offer surprises of any kind. However, students at a testing centre in Hyderabad reported some technical glitches due to which their test ended at around 2.15 pm instead of 11 am. This article will be updated as we receive news from other centers also. But for this, the exam seems to have been conducted smoothly across the country.

There were three sections in the question paper with no negative marking and the students were free to decide the sequence of sections as well. The three sections were timed viz., 60 mins for Quantitative skills, 38 mins for Logical Reasoning, and 22 mins for Language skills. Different sets of questions were there for test takers.

With 120 questions to be solved in 120 minutes, the overall essence of the exam was to solve the questions quickly and without getting stuck with any of them. Those who have solved T.I.M.E.’s NMAT mocks would stand to benefit in the actual exam.

Quantitative Skills

Out of 48 questions in the Quantitative Skills section, majority of the questions were based on problem solving but a few were based on data sufficiency as well. The questions were from diverse areas in quant like Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry, P&C, Algebra, etc, with bulk of the questions from Arithmetic – Percentages, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Profit & Loss, etc. There were 2 to 3 sets on Data Interpretation, each set with 4 questions (different number of sets for different students). The sets were with relatively easier calculations.

An attempt of about 33 to 35 questions with about 85-90% accuracy can be considered a good number of attempts in this section.

Logical Reasoning

The questions were based on the usual question type of Data arrangement, Coding-decoding, Comparison, Input/output, Deductions, Critical reasoning, Blood relationship, Sequence, Venn diagram, Direction sense, etc. The questions were mostly easy-moderate.

An attempt of 31-33 with about 85-90 % accuracy can be considered as a good attempt in this section.

Language Skills

Out of 32 questions in the Language skills section, there were 2-3 RC passages with four questions each (again different number of passages for different students). The passages were moderately lengthy - about 450-650 words albeit easy reads. The remaining question types were in verbal ability part – Fill in the blanks, Para jumbles, Vocabulary based (antonyms/synonyms), etc.

An attempts of about 26-28 questions with about 85-90 % accuracy can be considered a good number of attempts on this section.

An attempt of (79+/-3) questions can be considered a good number of overall attempts. All in all, the paper was almost similar to last year’s paper.

Note:In the light of the GMAC explicitly disallowing the sharing of questions appearing in the NMAT Exam, no student / coaching institute / online portal can share the questions or any other information related to them with anybody. So, T.I.M.E. has put a policy in place where

No T.I.M.E. person will share information about the test

T.I.M.E. will not encourage/ask students to disclose details about the content of the test that they took

T.I.M.E. will not allow anybody to post such information on its website www.time4education.com.